Why You Should Use a Primer

A makeup primer may seem like an unnecessary step to some. I used to be in that camp until I began using a primer daily about a year ago.

Let’s talk skin. I have combination skin that is more on the oily side. My T-zone gets shiny throughout the day, whereas other parts of my face can be dry at the same time. I have found the best way to combat my skin from getting oily is to make sure it is properly hydrated. Your skin can over produce oil when you strip all of the natural oil away. I have learned to step away from the overly drying products and just let my skin be. It has been helpingĀ  and I have had fewer breakouts. Primers help add that little bit of extra hydration I need.

Primers also help fill in your pores. No matter how small of pores you have, when you put makeup on, the makeup is going to sink into your pores making your pores more visible. I like using a primer for this reason most of all. I have a few favorite primers I use regularly.

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From left to right: Soap & Glory’s One Heck of a Blot, Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter, and Covergirl’s Tru Blend Face Primer for combo skin. I like all three for different reasons. Soap & Glory’s primer is fantastic for oily skin. It helps keep my skin matte throughout the day. The Becca primer is an expensive item and was a birthday splurge this year. I like it because it blurs any imperfections and also provides a glowiness to my skin when it is looking dull. The Covergirl primer is a great combination between the two and is very reasonably priced. My primer combination of choice lately has been to use half a pump of the Becca primer along with a tiny bit of the Soap & Glory primer. I mix them together and apply to my skin before foundation.

I have found primers help smooth my skin overall and makes applying foundation a lot easier. In turn, I use less foundation as well. Is a primer REALLY necessary? Probably not, but I have noticed my makeup lasts a lot longer if I use one.

Do you use a primer? What is your favorite?

Micellar Cleansing Water

I think I have found my all time favorite makeup remover. A couple months ago, Garnier released a micellar cleansing water. This is not a new concept and similar products have been around for years.

I used to buy the Sephora brand micellar cleansing water. It was great at removing eye makeup, especially mascara. It has a pump on the top of the bottle which made it super easy to get the product out of the bottle. The Sephora cleansing water did sting my eyes just a bit if it got into my eye and had a price tag of $20 a bottle. When I heard Garnier was releasing a cleansing water, I couldn’t wait to try it.

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It has quickly become my all time favorite makeup remover. It does not sting my eyes at all when I remove my eye makeup at night. It removes mascara with no problem at all. I apply a bit on a cotton pad and gently remove my eye makeup. If there is any stubborn mascara that won’t come off, I simply hold the cotton pad on my closed eye for 15-20 seconds. Garnier does also make a version of this that has oil in it for removing water proof makeup. I think that version has a blue cap. I have only tried the oil free version.

I am about half way through my first bottle and I still love it. I found it at Target and I believe it cost $6.99. I think it works better and is less expensive than the Sephora cleansing water. I mainly use it strictly for eye makeup removal, but you certainly can use it on your whole face. Even though the bottle says no rinse, I like to wash my face with a cleanser after to make sure my skin is thoroughly cleaned.

I definitely recommend this product!